Friday, March 11, 2011

Christopher K. Hill, Army, Specialist -- Rest In Peace

Christopher K. Hill, 26

Army, Specialist
Based: Ft. Riley, Kan.
1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: March 11, 2004
Habbaniya (northeast of), Iraq
Married, 1 child
Gender: Male
Hometown: Moorpark
High School: Moorpark High (Moorpark)
Burial: Crown Memorial Park, Pineville, N.C.
Upon his return from Iraq, Army Spc. Christopher K. Hill had hoped to bring his wife and baby daughter from North Carolina to visit the Moorpark neighborhood where he grew up.

After his death, many neighbors there decorated their homes and mailboxes with American flags to honor the hometown hero who never came home.

In the days after his burial, his parents, Ken and Adrienne Hill, went to each house and placed a note near the flags, thanking the neighbors for their support. "I have to do positive things to show our love," his mother said.

Hill, 26, was killed March 11 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Fallouja. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kan.

Hill was born in Fontana and moved with his family to Moorpark when he was about 9, his family said. He was active in the Boy Scouts and was an altar boy at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Hill attended Moorpark High School, where he played the tuba in the band, and later studied at Moorpark College.

"He was an outgoing and loving guy," said one of his childhood friends, Becky Hayden. "He made everybody laugh all the time."

After two years of college, Hill joined the Army when he was 20, his family said. He served in South Korea for a year and was part of the military honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. He had left the military but reenlisted.

Read the entire LA Times article about Army Specialist Christopher K. Hill here, find more at Fallen Heroes and Freedom Remembered, and visit Specialist Hill's Guest Book.

Army Specialist Christopher K. Hill previously remembered at Boom3.

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